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Kyoto Animation boss says company got threats

Firefighters work as smoke billows from a three-story building of Kyoto Animation in a fire in Kyoto, on July 18, 2019. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (AP) -- The president of a popular Japanese animation production company that was gutted in a deadly fire has said his company has received anonymous death threats.

Hideaki Hatta, head of Kyoto Animation, told reporters the company had gotten threats by emails in the past but responded "sincerely" each time.

Hatta asked, "Why on earth did such violence have to be used?"

A man suspected of starting the fire Thursday was also injured and being treated in a hospital.

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